To make the pretzel dough, combine 1 ½ cups water, sugar and salt in the mixing bowl and then sprinkle the yeast on top
Allow this to stand for five minutes to allow the yeast to consume the sugar and begin to foam.
Add butter and flour and let the mixer mix on low speed until everything is well combined.
Once combined, increase the speed to medium for 5 minutes. The dough will begin to ball and no longer stick to the sides of the bowl.
Remove dough, wipe the bowl and then use your 1 Tbsp. of vegetable oil to wipe down the inside of the bowl.
Put the dough back in the bowl and tightly cover it with plastic wrap. Sit it on a window sill or in another warm spot for at least 1 hour.
Once the hour is up preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Line the baking sheets with the parchment paper and spray them with the cooking oil or wipe down with your choice of oil. You want to make sure that they are well oiled, so your pretzels don’t stick.
Boil 10 cups of water and baking soda. While that begins to boil, remove the dough from the mixing bowl and begin to roll it out with your hands.
Once it’s rolled, break off about 2-inch pieces and roll them into a ball if you want to make pretzel bites. Add these to your parchment paper.
If you want to make a more normal pretzel shape then cut about a 4 inch strip of dough and continue to roll between your hands until it's large enough to make the pretzels.
After you have all the soft pretzels laid out, mix together egg yolk and 3 Tbsp. of water. Set near your boiling water.
Use a slotted spoon to lower the dough into the boiling water and baking soda. Let them boil in there for 30 seconds. They will start to float when you should take them out. Do these in batch if you need to. I did mine in two or three batches at a time.
Add them back to parchment paper and brush with the egg wash. Then sprinkle with additional salt.
Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Keep in mind oven times will vary so you just want to make sure they are brown on the top before pulling them out, but don’t over bake.
Let cool for 5 minutes and then serve.